First Life Guards


Corporal-Major, 1832


This man wears the revised version of the bearskin that was introduced in 1821. It is supposed to be slightly shorter but does not look it in this painting. It is not clear on what occasions the bearskin was worn and when the helmet was worn. It would be reasonable to assume that the bearskin would only be worn on special occasions but here we have an NCO in unmounted parade order. Of special interest are his aiguilettes, coming from his left shoulder scale. They are the rank denotion of a Troop Corporal-Major (there were no Squadron Corporal-Majors until 1892) yet the painting is titled Regimental Corporal-Major John Winterbottom. If you compare him with the picture of Corporal-Major Robert Goldie, Royal Horse Guards, you will see that a RCM has fringed epaulettes and a coiled knot above the pointed trophy tags. A TSM has the same shoulder scales as a private and no coiled knot.


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by Stephen Luscombe